“Love Will Tear Us Apart”

I’m about to rip up my long-running live looping rig to make some changes I’ll write about soon. But before doing that, I’ve posted the solo live-looped version of “Love Will Tear Us Part” that I’ve been playing live. You know, just in case I can’t follow the trail of breadcrumbs back to where I started.

When I first heard the sing more than 35 years ago, it frightened me. So different! So dark! So hopeless! But when I was in Palm Springs earlier this summer, they were playing it over the P.A. at the supermarket. So I guess everything’s okay now.

6 comments to “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

  • Gilles

    really Nice !
    humm… very curious about your brand new live Looping Rig !!

    • Thanks, guys! I’m literally sitting behind my gig computer right now, banging my head against the digital walls. (Hence the “check email” break.) What I’m trying to do is slim my hardware setup way down. I’m hoping to take all may looping into software. Logic/MainStage has a cool looper plugin, Loopback. But when I first started putting this system together years ago, it was too buggy and slow, even though I had the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro at the time. But years later, after many MainStage software updates and with a faster machine, I’m hoping I can make it work somehow. It just might not be in exactly the way I’m accustomed to, so it’s a work in progress.

      Thanks for asking! Now back to the grindstone.

      I’m also taking a new look at Jam Origin’s MIDI guitar plug in. It’s a fabulous pitch-to-MIDI convertor, but last time I tried it a year or two ago, it wasn’t quite fast enough for tracking live drums. It’s so much quicker now — it might even work! But again, it’s going to demand changes of concept and lots of practicing.

      My motives are to simplify so it’s easier to travel and tour, and to not be glued to any particular hardware devices (which can go out of production). Plus I want to see what new ideas alternate setups suggest.

  • J. Maus

    Indeed, we look forward seeing the evolution of your looping set-up. Question: Joe, Is there still a link to the finger picking exercises?

  • Oinkus

    Thats pretty great , you have that setup down so well it would be hard for me to change it ever. Slim and less is a good thing too especially if you are working , never going to haul 4x12s and multiple amps around ever again ! I would imagine you might even travel with the 1 guitar maybe ?

  • joe

    I’m hoping to get it down to a guitar, a backpack with computer and accessories, and a small case to hold two or three featherweight SoftStep controllers. Wish me luck! 🙂

  • Joel

    Nice, I like when the “tinkle-y” sounds come in around 3:50.
    Good luck with the new rig!

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